Middle school teens get Golden Horseshoe honor
State School Superintendent James Phares inducted more than 200 eighth graders from all 55 counties as knights and ladies of the Golden Horseshoe Society at the ceremony. A reception followed the induction. Students also toured the Capitol building and Capitol Complex.
The prestigious West Virginia award is given to the top-scoring students on the state history test in each county.
The exam tests students’ knowledge of West Virginia culture, history, geography, citizenship, government, civics, economics and current events. The test has been given every year since 1931.
According to the Department of Education, the Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700’s when Governor Alexander Spotswood of the colony of Virginia sent an expedition to explore what is now mostly West Virginia. Spotswood gave each explorer a commemorative golden horseshoe afterwards.
The Golden Horseshoe Award is considered one of the highest honors for a student from West Virginia to receive and is one of the most coveted awards.
Philip Brown was very happy to get the Golden Horseshoe award. He said he was the first in his family to achieve it.
Payton Brown was really excited to receive the award. She said she was the second one in her family to get a Golden Horseshoe. A cousin had gotten one previously.
“It’s really an honor,” she said.
Matthew Carr said the award was a big surprise for him and he was happy to receive it.